John Bayles papers, 1820-1831.

Creator: Bayles, John, fl. 1820-1831.
Collection number: 5348-z
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Abstract: John Bayles was a resident of Washington County, Tenn., when he decided in 1820 to grant a slave woman named Jenny (also spelled Jeanny or Ginny) her freedom upon his and his wife’s deaths. The collection contains three documents that relate to a female slave owned by the Bayles family of Washington County, Tenn.: a petition application, circa 1820, signed by John Bayles requesting and receiving the right to free 25-year-old slave Jenny (Jeanny) upon his and his wife’s deaths; a Washington County court document, 21 April 1821, detailing the $600 fee that the Bayles family paid to the court for Jenny’s freedom; a bill of sale, 18 November 1830, for Jenny (Ginny) and her two children to Isaac Murry.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection